Eggs scandal: EU food safety chief calls for end to 'blaming'

Eggs scandal: EU food safety chief calls for end to 'blaming'

By James Gallagher, health and science reporter, BBC News

Fipronil should not be allowed anywhere near food.

But the risk from eggs is thought to be low, because the number of contaminated eggs is also low.

While 700,000 eggs sounds like a lot, it is worth remembering we eat 34 million every single day in the UK.

It is why the Food Standards Agency says it is "very unlikely" there is any health risk.

Many of the affected eggs will have already passed through the food chain before anyone was aware of the scandal.

And the FSA has now pulled egg sandwiches and egg salads off the shelves that were made while contaminated eggs were still being imported.

It insisted there is "no need" for people to stop eating eggs.

The Netherlands is Europe's biggest egg producer - and one of the largest exporters of eggs and egg products in the world.

The problem first surfaced earlier in August, when Aldi withdrew all its eggs from sale in Germany.

It has since emerged that Belgian officials knew about the contamination in June, but did not make the information public.

More than 100 poultry farms have been closed during the investigation, and 26 suspects identified and evidence seized from their companies.

It is thought that fipronil, which is used to kill lice and ticks on animals, was added to disinfectant on some chicken farms.

The chemical can damage people's kidneys, liver and thyroid glands if eaten in large quantities.



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